Acting ICE Director Ron Vitiello said Monday on "Your World" that ICE agents did "nothing wrong" by apprehending an illegal immigrant who was driving his pregnant wife to the hospital.

Maria del Carmen Venegas, 32, said her husband, Joel Arrona-Lara, 35, was taken away by ICE at a gas station where the couple stopped on the way to the hospital, so she was forced to drive herself there, where she gave birth to a boy.

The arrest led to heavy criticism of the agency by immigration activists and the press.

Vitiello said that the case was misconstrued, and Arrona-Lara was had an outstanding warrant issued for his arrest in Mexico on homicide charges.

"This is far from an innocent victim," Vitiello said. "This person was wanted by foreign authorities for murder. And like this arrest, most of what ICE does in cities and towns is targeted enforcement."

"None of the ICE officers that made that arrest did anything wrong. That's exactly what we ask them to do, each and every day. It just so happened that they were on their way to the hospital from that location."


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Vitiello also said that many people, including in Washington, do not "realize how important" the agency is.

Neil Cavuto asked Vitiello, who was named as the agency's acting boss in late-June, how he feels about chairing an agency that some Americans believe "shouldn't be around."

Vitiello said that critics should know that 20,000 Americans work for ICE and risk their lives to protect their community.

"I think people don't realize how important and valuable ICE is," he said, noting that the agency was born out of the 9/11 aftermath so "we didn't have to learn those lessons again."

Vitiello said many foreign nationals have realized that pre-Trump illegal immigration policy consisted of granting what is effectively a summons to appear in court, should they cross the American border illegally.

He said that policy was "enticing" people to come here illegally, and that President Trump was enforcing "the laws on the books" when immigration laws became subject to political criticism.

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